ISOC Organization Member IPv6 Study

Internet Society
March 2008
Organization Member IPv6 Study

Abstract

The Internet Society (ISOC) conducted a study of the operational characteristics of
IPv6 in its organization members’ networks. This was done through a questionnaire
sent to the organization members. The organization members that responded to the
survey reported that while customer pressure motivated IPv6 deployment, specific
business-case drivers did not yet exist. While respondents who had begun IPv6
deployment reported gaps in support for IPv6 among tools and applications, they
found the process of deploying IPv6 relatively straightforward. This report provides
additional details about the results of that study.*

Background

The Internet Society (ISOC) has approximately 90 organization members
(http://www.isoc.org/orgs/). Organization members are diverse types of organizations
from around the world, ranging from small companies to large corporations, Internet
service providers (ISPs) to enterprises, vendors to network operators. All of these
organizations operate a network of some sort and, due to their diversity, provide a
wide cross section of use models for IPv6. In 2008 ISOC conducted a study of how
organization members use IPv6 in their networks.

Internet Society organization members include various ISPs, Internet exchange point
operators (IXPs), enterprises, national research and education networks (NRENs),
and network equipment and software vendors. The networks they operate range
from very small networks in a single office to large networks spanning multiple
facilities and multiple geographical areas. ISOC was keen to determine the level of
operational penetration that IPv6 has in these networks, to understand something of
the thought processes organization members went through in evaluating the
usefulness of IPv6, and to learn of their experiences in adopting it. ISOC was not
interested in determining through the study information about specific vendors’
product capabilities or details about commercial operational differentiators. ISOC
committed to keep the contents of the responses anonymous when presenting the
results of the study.